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Wink’s smart home hub gets some key upgrades for its second generation
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:42 am

 The smart home has come a long way in the two-plus years since the original Wink Hub was launched as a spinoff of New York-based hardware crowdsourcer, Quirky. Among other things, a number of major players like Amazon, Google and Apple have stepped up their attempts to provide a central ecosystem for the increasingly populated world of connected home devices. But while the competition has gotten… Read More

Translation CEO Steve Stoute joins Genius’ board of directors
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:30 am

 A music industry veteran and the CEO of Translation, Steve Stoute, is joining the board of directors of Genius, which provides song lyrics and meanings, while also being an online knowledge project. Genius’ current board of directors includes Stoute, co-founders Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory, Andreessen Horowitz general partner, Ben Horowitz and Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans and… Read More

Amazon brings free Prime same-day delivery to Toronto and Vancouver
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:14 am

 Amazon continues to roll-out its free same-day delivery offering for Prime subscribers, adding Toronto and Vancouver to the list of cities where it’s available. The free same-day option applies to items labeled as eligible via the ‘Prime FREE Same-Day’ tag located next to the price in a product’s listing. Orders placed earlier in the day will be delivered by 9 PM,… Read More

Watch Elon Musk reveal his plan for colonizing Mars right here
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:02 am

 Elon Musk is giving a keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress today, with an hour-long talk titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.” The talk kicks off at 2:30 PM ET, and we’ll be covering it to bring you all the details of Musk’s plans to get humans to Mars (and beyond?). Musk doesn’t just want us to touch the face of these… Read More

Color Genomics raises $45 million to provide cheaper genetic tests that detect cancer risk
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:01 am

 Othman Laraki and Elad Gil were sitting on Twitter’s roof deck after their previous company Mixer Labs had been acquired. Gil had brought a small hard drive with him — which happened to contain data on his genome being sequenced — and Laraki wanted to take a look at the data. That led to the the original hypothesis of Color Genomics: what if you could apply the same principles… Read More

Waylens Horizon action camera for cars captures the thrill of driving
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:00 am

 At a glance 157 degree wide angle f/2.4 aperture 1/1.8″ image sensor 1080p 30/60pfs, 720p 120/60fps Pros Camera design itself is top notch Built-in OLED touchscreen Cons Included mounting hardware for cable not great Expensive at $499 Connecting the car The Waylens Horizon is essentially a conical, dense metal camera replete with optics, onboard processing power and battery.… Read More

Kustomer, founded by Salesforce alums, nabs $12.5M to repair customer care
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:00 am

 The need to contact customer support is the bane of many a modern consumer’s existence: not only is it likely that you are doing it because you have a problem that needs fixing, but you are inevitably sucked into a vortex where you have to sit on the phone for ages (or wait in stasis for emailed replies), repeat your details several times to subsequent assistants, and potentially… Read More

Blue’s latest podcasting mic goes super portable
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:00 am

 Blue Raspberry brings to mind Slurpees as much as anything. The name of Blue Microphone’s latest offering is seeming an homage to its longstanding Blueberry condenser mic, but then, between the Snowball, the Spark, the Tiki and the Yeti, there’s seemingly no rhyme or reason to the microphone’s naming conventions. What the company does have, however, is some real clout… Read More

With Daily Mix, Spotify taps algorithms to make infinite playlists from your favorite tunes
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 9:00 am

 Are you a Spotify user who has a list of favorite bands and songs, but do not have the motivation to find and organize all of them into useful playlists? Today, the streaming company is launching a new service called Daily Mix that is partly aimed at you. Tapping into your own history of albums and tracks that you have listened to on the platform, Daily Mix brings together a… Read More

The mPod is a 3-D body scanner coming to a gym near you
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 8:58 am

 Looking in the mirror or stepping on a scale can tell us much about our bodies and wellbeing, but not with the greatest precision. Now, a Sydney, Australia-based company called mPort is bringing its mPod body scanners to gyms and malls in the U.S., where they think users will be interested in getting granular data about their bodies. The mPod, which looks like a large photo booth or a small… Read More

The SMOVE stabilizes and charges your phone for steady video shoots
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 8:57 am

 When unmanned aerial vehicle makers and gimbal engineers get together they like to have a few beers and make something like the SMOVE. Designed to connect to a regular smartphone the SMOVE is basically a steadicam for your iOS or Android device, allowing you to take steady shots in rough conditions, follow faces in front of the camera, and even take seamless panoramas. The SMOVE team… Read More

Nearly four weeks in, about 60-percent of Galaxy Note 7 units have been exchanged in the US and Korea
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 8:50 am

 One would have been hard-pressed to dream up a worse beginning to the month for Samsung. As Apple was readying its next big iPhone reveal, the company was scrambling to do damage control for a phone that was supposed to be its next big thing. Around three-dozen battery-related incidents were reported and by the 2nd, the company outlined its recall plans. Everyone from the FAA to the MTA… Read More

Hinge closes the door on casual dating to focus on serious relationships
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 8:32 am

 Hinge, the dating app that uses Facebook to connect you with friends of friends, has today announced that it will be sunsetting its original app. In its place, Hinge will be launching an entirely new version of the app, focused on relationships. The new app, built from the ground up, will go live on October 11. Oh, and by the way, the new app will be a paid app for all users. CEO Justin… Read More

Pullstring launches bot-authoring tools for fun & profit
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 8:01 am

 Pullstring — née ToyTalk — today launched its eponymous product out of private beta and into the hands of creators of conversational interfaces everywhere. Out of the box, creators can make bots for Facebook Messenger, Slack, Skype, Kik, Telegram and — using the company’s Web API — pretty much every other platform out there. Read More

Pearl’s RearVision is a backup camera for those who want the best rear view
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 8:00 am

 At a glance Wireless, solar-powered design Dual HD cameras with 1/3″ CMOS sensors 175-degree field of view Pros Incredibly easy to set up Image quality, both day and night Cons Must be turned on manually Expensive Quick and painless The out-of-box experience for Pearl’s RearVision is really well designed. Even packaging is done right, with a folding two-sided box that… Read More

Launching a “Google for sound”, Deepgram raises $1.8 million
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 7:45 am

 Deepgram co-founders, 20-year-old wunderkind Noah Shutty and his University of Michigan lab supervisor Scott Stephenson, definitely have faith in sound. The two left behind promising research in particle physics, researching the creation of Dark Matter in the bowels of underground Chinese bunkers, to develop what they call a “Google for sound”. Much as the Google search engine… Read More

Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to success
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 7:30 am

 Alphabet, Apple and Uber may be spending billions on exhaustive new mapping technologies to power the self-driving car revolution, but there’s a new generation of companies betting that a combination of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence will enable them to navigate their way to success in the wild world of international geographics. Some companies are choosing to go deep into… Read More

Google expands its initiative to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in emerging markets
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 7:29 am

 Google today announced a collection of updates aimed at helping get ‘the next billion’ internet users in India and emerging markets online. One of the more subtle yet interesting components to that push is the launch of Google Station, a project to enable public Wi-Fi hotspots. Read More

Google launches data-friendly YouTube app for India and other emerging markets
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 6:54 am

 Google has introduced a new version of YouTube that is dedicated to users in emerging markets. Read More

Red Points bags $2.2M to help brands fight counterfeiting and piracy
Posted: 27 September 2016 | 6:52 am

 Spanish startup Red Points has closed a €2 million (~$2.2M) funding round to grow usage of its piracy detection and removal SaaS by expanding from Europe into new markets, including North America. It’s also intending to broaden its customer focus. Read More

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